I was tipped off by the Brooks wine web site about the promising new documentary American Wine which is coming soon (2014). It takes a new angle on the age old story of falling in love with wine and becoming a winemaker. "Would you have the courage?" is one of the hooks. The film looks very appealing.
Brooks Wine is featured (you see long shots of Janie Brooks Heuck and her nephew Pascal Brooks in their vineyard)…because it has one of the most dramatic wine stories around.
Jimi Brooks, an Orgeon vineyard manager (Maysara was his biggest client) and Biodynamic evangelist (from his time in Burgundy) started his own winery more than a decade ago. During harvest, he had a heart attack in 2004 and died at the age of only 38, leaving behind his young son Pascal, age 9, to whom he also bequeathed his winery. Jimi's sister Janie stepped in to become general manager of the winery until Pascal comes of age.
The documentary has had some pre-release screenings in Oregon.
Janie reports on the Brooks web site that the heart of the film, about 30 minutes, tells the story of Brooks.
Can't wait to see it!
Here's the trailer. Enjoy: